Abbey Churches

A church that is part of an abbey, and normally connected to a cloister and other abbey buildings.

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Churches that form the center of an abbey. They typically adjoin the cloister, are linked to the dormitory by a stairway called the "night-stair," and have an assembly room or chapter house, which is often attached to the chancel at the eastern side of the cloister.

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